“Pot. Growers are often negligent parents and their kids often need the most remedial and behavioral support in school.”
When I interview teachers and administrators, I frequently ask about problems and challenges, and I’m often surprised by the answers. I anticipate that humdrum things like incompetent colleagues, angry parents, blockheaded administrators, or recalcitrant unions cause the biggest headaches, but they usually don’t.
On the west coast, I interviewed several teachers and administrators, and two administrators at two different schools surprised me with the same answer to my question. What’s the biggest problem you face? Pot.
Given conversations about the decriminalization or legalization of marihuana, we should listen carefully to this response.
Our local NPR affiliate has a morning call-in show. Today’s topic is the legalization of marihuana. Rational callers point out the dangers of alcohol and tobacco in order to minimize the danger of pot. One caller described the attitude in Holland: “Teenagers use pot for a few years, but then they outgrow it and get on with their lives.” She seemed to think this was fine, the result of a rational policy.